Making Good Adoption Assessments (two-day open course)


This two-day open course will provide practitioners and particularly those who may be new to undertaking adoption assessments with an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and practice in completing adoption assessments. Practitioners will be enabled to consider thorough, rigorous, consistent and fair approaches across the service in the assessment of prospective adopters. This course may also provide a refresher for those wanting to reflect and build on knowledge skills and best practice in the completion of adoption assessments.


 Undertaking an adoption assessment in England

Undertaking an adoption assessment in England

Elaine Dibben

This guide is designed to help social workers to manage and complete a comprehensive and evidence-based assessment of prospective applicants who want to adopt a child or children. It is to be used by assessing social workers to complete a Prospective Adopter's Report using the CoramBAAF Form PAR (for England), revised in 2016.


 Undertaking checks and references in fostering and adoption assessments

Undertaking Checks and References in Fostering and Adoption Assessments

Paul Adams

The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters is amongst the most important aspects of family placement work. Undertaking checks and references is a key part of these assessments, and a core task for social workers. But which checks are mandatory, and which are advisable? Which checks are needed in each UK country? Which are likely to yield the most useful information?


Adoption social workers (particularly those new to adoption assessments), adoption team managers and adoption panel members who may wish to understand the assessment process in more detail.

20 places available - early booking essential.


  • To explore best practice in the completion of the Prospective Adopter’s Report (PAR)
  • To practice and develop an integration of critical assessment tools and techniques within adoption assessments and current best practice
  • To explore ways to consider prospective adopters in terms of their capacity to look after children in a safe and responsible way that meets the child’s needs
  • Apply learning in the context of the legal framework
  • To develop critical thinking and reflective practice in the completion of adoption assessments
  • To consider ways of identifying prospective adopter’s competencies and strengths and areas they have or will need to develop


Laura Payne - CoramBAAF Associate Trainer


Registration 9.45am
Start 10.00 am 
Close 4.00 pm


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £215.00 + £43.00 VAT - Total £258.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £175.00 + £35.00 VAT - Total £210.00

Non-member £270.00 + £54.00 VAT - Total £324.00

Adopters/Fosters carers £175.00 + £35.00 VAT - Total £210.00

Student discount for all fees 20%


Telephone 020 7520 2041/43


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